One of the most frequently overlooked pieces of golf equipment is none other than the golf club grip. The experts agree: playing with worn out grips has a measurable impact on distance and accuracy.
Old grips cause you to tighten your grip on the club, which in turn decreases both swing and clubhead speed. What’s more, old grips can lead to not squaring the clubface at impact and poor ball striking.
According to a recent survey, 46% of avid golfers regrip their clubs every two years, while 35% regrip annually. And when golfers do regrip, 60% have their entire set of clubs done. But the experts agree, this isn’t often enough.
Regripping a set of clubs is often the fastest, cheapest and best way to get a great new feel on the clubs you already love. Golfers will definitely see improvement in their game with a new set of grips. PGA Tour players regrip many times a year – they need to play their best.
Grips should be replaced every 40 rounds, or every 30 rounds if you're spending a considerable amount of time at the practice range.
Regardless of rounds played, a grip should always be replaced at the first sign of noticeable wear, such as cracks, smooth or hard surfaces, shiny patches or wear spots. Heat, dirt, oils and even ozone are constantly at work to breakdown the materials grips are made from.
Grips lose a significant amount of their original feel long before they become hard or glazed over. Because of this, many golfers fail to even notice they’re playing with worn out grips in need of replacing.
Choosing a Grip
Many golfers are pleasantly surprised to learn that grips aren’t one size fits all. In fact, most experts agree that size is the single most important factor when choosing a grip.
The proper size depends on the length of the hand measured from the crease in the wrist to the tip of the longest finger. The majority of golfers fall into the standard and midsize categories.
Here’s an easy way to figure out which you need: if your golf glove is an extra-large, opt for the midsize. If it is a medium or large, go for the standard.
After size, golfers select from grip material, firmness and surface texture. Those who play in warm climates with high humidity and frequent rain showers also need to consider how the grip texture will hold up under those conditions.
With golf courses closed now due to Covid 19, it is the perfect time to get your clubs regripped. At The Golf Hub, we have a large selection of all the top brands. Price start from as little as 2,750 baht for a set of 13 grips. We install for you same day service at no additional charge.